NorCal wildfires now claim 24 lives
October 11, 2017
• Destroy 3,500 buildings
• Quickly becoming state’s worst fire disaster
• Death toll updated @ 11:32 a.m. Thursday to 24
With 24 people now known dead and more than 3,500 structures -- homes, businesses and others -- destroyed to no more than piles of smoldering ashes, the wine country wildfires are quickly becoming the worst in state history.
With the latest death toll, the fires are only four short of matching California’s worst-ever conflagration, the “Tunnel” fire of the 1990s in the Oakland hills.
Firefighters still do not have the major fires even close to containment and winds are expected to increase, spreading the flames further.
At least 160,000 acres have been charred -- some 250 square miles or an area half the size of all of Los Angeles.